Coleman Cable/Southwire (Waukegan, Ill.): John Pappas, Coleman Cable’s senior V.P.-corporate marketing, is retiring from the company after a 30-year career. Pappas joined Coleman Cable as national sales manager in 1984 and has served the company in a variety of senior leadership positions throughout the years. While overseeing Coleman Cable’s corporate marketing initiatives, Pappas also has led its electrical distribution, OEM and U.S. retail businesses for substantial periods during his career. He has also been assisting with the transition and integration between Coleman Cable and Southwire since the completion of the tender offer. Since 1992, Pappas has been an adjunct professor at Lake Forest Graduate School of Management, where he received the Distinguished Faculty Award in 2000, 2008 and 2014. He serves as an officer on the school’s board of directors and leads the marketing faculty in his role as bench facilitator.
United Electric Supply Co. (New Castle, Del.): Steve DiArchangel has joined the company as corporate V.P. sales and marketing. He comes to United with 23 years of senior level leadership experience in both sales and marketing management within the electrical distribution and manufacturing industries. DiArchangel holds a BA in economics and communication from Rutgers University, brings high level certifications in Six Sigma and Lean, served as a board member in one of the top electric leagues in the country for several years, has completed several executive level courses, and is pursuing a masters in supply chain management from Penn State University.
Arlington Industries (Scranton, Pa.): Stephen Hayes was hired as Southern Regional Manager and will work with the company’s independent sales representative agencies in promoting and selling Arlington’s products to distributors, end users and installers from North Carolina to Texas. Hayes has worked in the electrical industry since 1987, most recently as Southeast Regional Manager for Burndy LLC. Prior to that he spent 11 years with BE&K Engineering & Construction.
MaxLite (West Caldwell, N.J.): Paul Shaskan has been appointed V.P. of operations. In this newly created position, he will oversee the expansion of assembly and production lines at the company’s West Caldwell headquarters and new facility in Anaheim, Calif., as well as manage global operations, including logistics, quality control and warranty service, at MaxLite offices in China and Korea. Shaskan will report to MaxLite General Manager Todd Kim. Prior to joining MaxLite, Shaskan was V.P. of operations at Amerlux and director of operations at Zumbotel Lighting.
Ideal Industries (Sycamore, Ill.): John Dukes was promoted to national account manager from senior area sales manager for the Chicago region. In his new position he will be responsible for the national relationship and programs for WESCO, Rexel, Crescent and Sonepar. Prior to joining Ideal, Dukes held several positions of increasing responsibility in the consumer electronics field. He earned a BA in Mass communications/marketing from Western Illinois University.
American Writers Museum Foundation (Chicago): Jerre L. Stead, once CEO of Square D Co., is the new chairman of the American Writers Museum (AWM) Foundation. The Museum has additional electrical ties, as Malcolm O’Hagan, formerly president of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) Rosslyn, Va., is its founding chairman and president. Stead is now executive chairman of the board of directors of the Colorado-based IHS Inc., a global provider of information and consulting services. He was recently named by the Denver Post as 2013 Business Person of the Year for his success as Colorado’s chief recovery officer, where he oversaw efforts to rebuild after the state’s devastating floods in September 2013.
In addition to his leadership role at Square D, Stead served as chairman and CEO of Ingram Micro Inc., as the chairman, CEO and president of Legent Corporation, chairman and CEO of AT&T Global Information Solutions, and as president of AT&T Global Business Communications Systems. He also held numerous positions during a 21-year career at Honeywell.
Klein Tools (Lincolnshire, Ill.): James Pultorak has been hired as V.P. of manufacturing, replacing Chris Hargan, current senior V.P. of manufacturing, who will retire at the end of 2014. He brings over 20 years of experience in manufacturing and operations in a variety of industries including hand tools, tool storage, printing, packaging, roofing and automotive. In his new role, Pultorak will manage manufacturing strategies and policies to guide Klein Tools in maintaining and improving its competitive position and profitability. He will be responsible for all of Klein Tools’ manufacturing functions and plants and will be located at the company’s Mansfield, Texas, facility.
Prior to joining Klein Tools, Pultorak worked at WS Packaging Group Inc. as V.P., operations He also has experience as V.P. of operations at APEX Tool Group (formerly Danaher Corp.), and as operations manager at GAF Materials Corp. Pultorak received his bachelor of science degree in industrial engineering from Western New England College and a MBA from Western Kentucky University.
NICOR Inc. (Albuquerque, N.M.): William Goettsche is now with the company as the new Southeast regional sales manager and Diane Lacen is now human resources director. A 17-year veteran of the electrical and lighting industries, Goettsche began his career in product marketing with Square D, Westinghouse and Cutler-Hammer, and later expanded his capabilities to include national account sales and developing niche market sales segments. He recently worked for Universal Lighting Technologies as its director, South and West regions and holds an MBA in operations research from Loyola University of Chicago. Lacen joins NICOR with over 34 years’ experience in human resource management, organizational assessment, recruitment and training implementation. She holds a BS in business administration.
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